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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 23
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 16
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...
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Campus aliyah group brings interested students together for Israel and ice cream
by Justin Jacobs
May 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel may be the land of milk and honey, but for a group of Pittsburgh college students interested in making aliyah, Israel means ice cream. Last year, the Jewish Agency for Israel launched its Ca...
Reform movement building demo for e-prayer book
by Lee Chottiner
May 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
As Daniel Medwin received his ordination in 2010 at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the newly minted Reform rabbi knew he wasn’t bound for a pulpit posi...
Local military chaplain wins Rabbinical Council award
by Lee Chottiner
May 20, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
A Pittsburgh rabbi, in accepting an achievement award Monday for military chaplains, emphasized the need to attract more rabbis to the service. The Rabbinical Council of America, an organization re...
Young Peoples Synagogue sends youngest member to study in Israel
by Toby Tabachnick
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
At age 22, Derek Kwait is the youngest member of Young Peoples Synagogue — by 40 or 50 years. But despite the age difference between Kwait and the other members of YPS, he says he has found a sense...
Soviet Jewry hero, former Knesset member Sharansky to visit Pittsburgh
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Among the many names in Israeli politics, Natan Sharansky’s is one of the most respected. Since the late 1970s and 1980s, when he became internationally known as a Soviet Refusenik imprisoned on ch...
Local parent-organization website spreads nationwide
by Toby Tabachnick
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Tucked away in a bright, busy office off Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon, a half dozen creative types hammer away on their computers, working on two screens each. “This is the ‘magic room,'” says David...
Won ‘Jeopardy!’ (What did the rabbi do on Monday?)
by Jason Miller
JTA
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -- Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. That might help explain Rabbi Joyce Newmark’s big news -- she is now a “Jeopardy!” champion. In the episod...
$95K bima remodeling project at Rodef Shalom completed
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
As part of its ongoing effort to facilitate participation in communal life for all congregants, Rodef Shalom Congregation recently completed a $95,000 renovation of its bima (pulpit), making it han...
Jews play important, supporting role in ‘Freedom Riders’
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
May 13, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Israel Dresner remembers a particular conversation on a particular night in 1962. He was in Georgia, in a house with Dr. Martin Luther King, speaking about the histories of blacks and Jews. “...
Chabad of South Hills plans night of laughter as therapy
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
May 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Esther Rachel Russell is a professional laugh therapist and a comedian. No, those are not the same thing. The Los Angeles native will bring her brand of laughter therapy to Pittsburgh, Thursday, Ma...